Dak Prescott not pursuing assault charges

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It appears that the individuals who allegedly assaulted a 2015 Heisman Trophy contender at a rap concert won’t face any type of legal recriminations.

The Panama City (Fla.) deputy chief of police, Chad Lindsey, confirmed to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger that, as of now, Prescott has declined to pursue charges against those who left him with lacerations to his face at a Waka Flocka concert while on spring break. Prescott and two teammates, defensive end Torrey Dale and quarterback Damian Williams, were assaulted by a group of unnamed individuals, although none sustained serious injuries and all three are back in Starkville.

Lindsey told the Clarion-Ledger that the police department is waiting on Prescott to contact them but haven’t heard from him since the initial encounter after the incident.

“No, I just want to leave, I need to leave, can you take me to my room?” Prescott told the responding officer in a police report when asked if he wanted to press charges. “I don’t need this publicity. I’m a football player.”

When asked what happened prior to the alleged assault, the quarterback responded, “[a] bunch of dudes were hating on me.” Prescott declined an offer of medical treatment.

It’s unclear if either Dale or Williams will pursue charges, although it appears that both will follow Prescott’s course of non-action. The paper wrote that “[d]epending on the severity of the charges, Lindsey said the statute of limitations could give Prescott [or his teammates] up to three years to press charges.”

A video surfaced online shortly after the altercation which purportedly shows Prescott getting kicked in the head in the midst of the brouhaha (if you clink play on the video below, a warning that some of the language is NSFW depending on your place of employment). Post-kerfuffle photos showed Prescott with lacerations to his forehead and around the corner of his right eye.

 

(Photo credit: Brooks Roberts‘ Twitter feed)

Minnesota gives Fleck 1-year extension, plus raise

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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck had his contract extended Wednesday by an additional year with a $1 million raise in annual salary, after the latest round of big spending by Big Ten rivals.

The new seven-year deal will run through the 2029 season, the university announced without releasing terms. Fleck will now make $6 million per year, a person with knowledge of the contract confirmed. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been finalized.

Last week, Nebraska hired Matt Rhule and Wisconsin hired Luke Fickell to put them in the top tier of head coach compensation in the conference. In terms of average annual value, the 42-year-old Fleck is eighth in the Big Ten behind Michigan State’s Mel Tucker, Ohio State’s Ryan Day, Rhule, Fickell, Penn State’s James Franklin, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz. All seven of those coaches make $7 million or more per season.

The Gophers (8-4) play Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 29. They’re 3-0 in bowl games under Fleck, who was hired away from Western Michigan in 2017.

Minnesota tied for second place in the Big Ten West Division this year, behind Purdue. Fleck is 43-27 overall with the Gophers, including 26-26 in conference play. They’re 0-6 against Iowa and 3-3 against Wisconsin, their primary rivals.

Fleck’s winning percentage is third-best in program history among coaches with 45 games or more, behind Henry Williams (1900-21) and Bernie Bierman (1932-41).

“What P.J. and his staff have done in a short amount of time is remarkable,” athletic director Mark Coyle said in a statement distributed by the university. “He has recruited and developed some of the best student-athletes to ever play at Minnesota and his team continues to excel academically, athletically and socially.”

This is the fifth time in six years on the job that Fleck’s deal has been adjusted to keep up with the competition, as power conference coach contracts these days rarely have less than five years on them at any time. Minnesota extended his deal a year ago, too.

In that iteration of his contract, the termination fees Fleck would owe Minnesota if he were to hop to another program were bumped way up. Those numbers landed at $7 million in 2023, $5 million in 2024, $4 million in 2025 and $3 million in 2026. Details about those figures in the new deal were not immediately available.

Virginia players granted extra year of eligibility

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The NCAA has granted an extra year of eligibility to Virginia players whose eligibility has expired in the aftermath of the slaying of three members of the team, the school confirmed.

Lavel Davis Jr., D’Sean Perry and Devin Chandler were killed last month as they returned to campus from a field trip to see a play in Washington, D.C. A former player at the school, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., is facing three counts of second-degree murder and other charges in the shooting. A fourth player, Mike Hollins, and student Marlee Morgan were injured in the shooting.

Virginia canceled its final two games of the season after the shooting, and the team and university community memorialized the victims in a nearly two-hour service on campus. Team members also traveled to each of the three funerals held for their teammates.